Missing Reflection

Writing Challenge: October 19, 2018

Prompt Inspiration: One day you don’t see your reflection in the mirror.

She didn’t disappear all at once. It started slowly. First, she bean to dissociate with her reflection. When the steam cleared after her shower, she stared at the face looking back at her and wondered who that person was. The first instance lasted only a second, but the seconds turned to minutes, to complete in-acknowledgement. She referred to her reflection as “that woman” in her mind.

The woman was disconcerting. She was like a long-forgotten friend, a nagging ghost of familiarity. She felt like she should KNOW this woman, EMPHASIZE with this woman, CONNECT with this woman- a woman she barely recognized. All this nagging association made her uneasy, she stopped looking at the woman all together.

Maybe it was because she stopped looking that she disappeared entirely.

She didn’t know when it happened but one day when she did decide to check the mirror, the woman wasn’t there. She could see the lingering steam from her shower, the patterned wall paper of the bathroom behind her, the condensation dripping on the smooth surfaces- but there was no one in the mirror.

The first night the blank mirror unnerved her, in a different way the woman in the mirror had done. The woman in the mirror was a nagging reminder of something, but the blank mirror was dark and ominous. The second day the mirror was blank the unease grew to fear. The third, fear turned to mild panic. On the fourth, the mild panic grew to desperation. She screamed and cried for the woman to come back. She leaned into the mirror and tapped on it’s surface, unsure why the blank surface scared her so much. It was in her frantic screaming that she called her own name and realized the woman was herself all along.

With one blow she broke it. Blood ran down her arm and into the sink. Gasping in pain she looked up. For the first time in months, she saw herself, reflected many times in the shattered glass.

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